SIALKOT: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Saturday said the ongoing operation in Karachi was against criminals and not against any political party, besides getting the city rid of the gun culture.
Talking to the business community here at the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Prime Minister said the operation would be taken to its logical conclusion.
He said the government was committed at making Karachi peaceful so that investors could utilise the existing excellent infrastructure of the port city.
He said incidents of kidnapping for ransom, target killings and heinous crimes had declined following the operation and hoped that life in the city would soon return to normalcy and make it a heaven for industrialists and investors from across the world.
He said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government was not doing any favour by conducting the operation, rather it was doing so because of its national obligations. It was the responsibility of the government to make Karachi and the entire country peaceful, he added.
The Prime Minister also announced construction of Sialkot-Lahore expressway that would cut the travel time to around an hour.
He said his government was working hard to confront the challenges of shortages of electricity and natural gas, poor economy and terrorism with a zeal and commitment, and hoped that the people would see positive changes before the end of its tenure.
He said the government was planning to generate 3600 MW electricity through LNG (liquefied natural gas), buy 4000 MW from China and add 10000 MW more by the end of 2017.
On the economic performance of the government, Nawaz Sharif said economy was turning around as a result of effective and prudent policies.
He said the country’s foreign exchange reserves had increased and international institutions were also recognizing Pakistan’s improved economic indicators.
Nawaz Sharif said the government had reduced bank borrowing to give space to the business community. It had also reduced interest rate, which would be further cut to promote economic activities in the country, he added.
The Prime Minister said the government wanted to reduce the electricity tariff and cheap sources of energy, including coal and LNG, were being exploited.
He said Sialkot had a special significance in the country’s economy and investment in the area would be encouraged to further enhance exports.